I've been on holidays for a couple weeks, so I've missed the blog hop. It's great to be back! This week, Leslie Hachtel asks:
A writer I know sets her mood with candles and music that suit her characters. Do you do anything special to put you in the right frame of mind to sit down and create?
The most important thing I do to get in the mood to write is to make sure no chores are hanging over me, waiting to be done (except dusting and vacuuming – I can ignore that for weeks on end – ask my husband). As I generally write in the evenings, my routine after my day job is to come home, make dinner while enjoying a relaxing glass of wine, eat dinner with whatever family is around, and then clean the kitchen. Only after the kitchen is tidy and shiny can I think about sitting down to write. Even though I can't see the mess from where I write, just knowing it's there is a total distraction.
Other than that, I'm a pretty low-maintenance writer. I usually work in the living room (not where the TV is, but still close to the family action). When my children were younger I did have to close the lid on my laptop quickly a couple times while working on a scene not-safe-for-kids, but I like being less isolated than I would in a separate office. I guess that's why candles and music have never really figured in my writing space!
Find out what S. C. Mitchell does to get in the mood as you continue on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop!